Issues, Principles and Attitudes

2 12 ii lack of identity need for training chief

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Unformatted text preview: d hat" type position, it will require the application of EM principles in the entire fabric of the community and government. Public opinion, whether fostered by the media, responders or the politicians is that when disasters strike it is FEMA's role to respond and clean things up, with no disruption of service or loss of life. This is unrealistic. The change in public perception can only come about if the concepts of emergency management become integrated into the way we do business at the local level, including family awareness and preparedness and acceptance from the private sector. 2-12 II Linking planning to preparedness and then from preparedness to implementation of a plan for response. (Sometimes my observation is that it goes directly from plan to response and misses the preparedness component.) 62 Issues, Principles And Attitudes Oh My! Examining Perceptions from Select Academics, Practitioners And Consultants on the Subject of Emergency Management Carol L. Cwiak, North Dakota State University Another issue is recovery there seems to be so much focus on planning then responding and forgetting the long-term recovery requirements. 2-4 Concur ~ 2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ Absolutely concur. Planning is one thing. Action is another. Response is the strong phase; preparedness, recovery and mitigation get caught short by the focus on "red trucks and blue uniforms." 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ Generally, we get our emergency managers from the response community. Their efforts are going to be focused on those aspects of emergencies that they are most aware of, that would be response. Even in the planning process their efforts focus mostly on response issues, not preparedness.2-12 II Lack of identity; Need for training Chief Elected Official re: roles / responsibilities in EM / public safety; Need for public awareness / training to rid the public of "the government will take care of you" mindset; must make people understand they are responsible for own safety; Holistic community preparedness with more than the basic infrastructure involved; Must get the public involved / invested in public safety and building or ensuring community resilience; Interoperability must be accomplished voice and data. 2-5 Concur ~ 2-7 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ The overall theme here is recognizing and valuing the benefits of an EM program at all levels. 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-12 II Funding for an all-hazards approach. Section 404 of the Stafford Act created the hazard mitigation grant and it was a good start however, the program has not been financially effective. Although the DMA of 2000 has moved the program along it still requires closer supervision. 2-6 Concur ~ Too much focus on terrorism since 9/11. 2-7 II 63 Issues, Principles And Attitudes Oh My! Examining Perceptions from Select Academics, Practitioners And Consultants on the Subject of Emergency Management Carol L. Cwiak, North Dakota State University ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ 2-9 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Somewhat Concur ~ The Stafford Act was to further mitigation to prevent future disasters. It definitely hasn't been funded properly. I'm not sure that is the same as an all-hazards approach to a program. It is part of it, but not all of it. 2-11 II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Concur ~ Stafford Act recovery issues and mitigation have generally focused on response shortfalls. At the local and state level this translates into equipment and durable goods. Mitigation is not clearly understood by the emergency management community. There is also the aspect that efforts in a particular area are tied to funds. No money, little effort. Politically this is also an issue. If elected officials spend monies and community resources on mitigation they will have little to show to the constituents, other than a few who may reap the benefits of a safer community. But a new building, fire truck or police vehicles result in tangible evidence to the voters that elected officials are doing something. 2-12 II Staffing: Local programs have taken on a tremendous workload since 9/11. Staffing issues and monies to offset staff pose a significant issue. Programs may be minimally staffed and producing minimal output to merely sustain a presence. Training (cyclical, relevant, updated, trends). Local programs are obtaining, paying for, and delivering training that is NIMS compliant. The training is dependent upon Homeland Security funding and is usually WMD based; thereby, providing a void in the routine emergency management courses. State-sponsored and/or regional training is not offered as of this date; however, a State Training Program should be utilized to sponsor, pay for, and train emergency management practitioners. FEMA/Homeland Security trends and future outlooks. Local programs rely on list serves and other organizations to obtain information regarding this item. State programs could easily be utilized as a pass-thru of the information. Volunteers and decreasing participation in planning and training. Volunteers partic...
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course EM EM-2212-26 taught by Professor Arlenemacgregor during the Spring '08 term at Mass Maritime.

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